Adam Rippon Turns Down NBC Winter Olympics Correspondent Job

Brendan Kerry of Australia performs during the men's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung South Korea Saturday Feb. 17 2018

All of this has seen the young skater's star rise - including with actress and Hollywood legend Sally Field, who's trying to play matchmaker between him and her son.

USA Today's Christine Brennan had reported earlier on Sunday, that Rippon had accepted a position as a network correspondent with NBC for the duration of the games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"But if I took this opportunity, I would have to leave the Olympic team and I'd have to leave the [Olympic] Village", he told host Liam McHugh. "Given the chance to talk after the Olympics, I would want to bring with me people whose lives have been hurt by legislation he has championed".

More I love being on Team USA and representing our country.

"I think I've shown the world that I'm a fierce competitor", he said, adding, "but I think I've shown them that I'm also a fierce human being".

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Rippon, who won a bronze metal in the team skating competition, has made headlines for his hilarious and sometimes controversial comments. Pence fired back, leading to Rippon's rise as a gay youth spokesperson.

But Rippon said hours later that although he was "so flattered" by NBC's offer, he decided against the move because it would mean leaving his US teammates and the Olympic Village. Kenworthy and his boyfriend were in the stands to watch Rippon on Saturday, waving an American flag with rainbow patterning in place of red and white stripes.

"Finally, at 20, long after he beat his brothers at tennis and computer games and knew as much as anyone about basketball, Sam was able to stand up proudly and say, 'I am a gay man'".

After coming close the last two cycles, the 28-year-old finally earned his first opportunity to compete in the Olympics this year following a fourth-place finish in the US nationals.

Bronze medalist, Adam Rippon, talks about being America's sweetheart and what's next after the Olympics. Prior to Greisman sharing their conversation, Field had tweeted Rippon calling him "amazing" for standing up for the LGBTQ community during the Winter Games.

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